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11/10/1992

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Stalin Film Drew a Mob

With all the glitz of a Hollywood affair, the American made-for-televi-sion movie ""Stalin"" drew hundreds of prominent Russians and an all-star cast to its world premiere on the 75th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Vice President Alexander Rutskoi, Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, General Dmitry Volkogonov, who is the author of a book about Stalin, and several other dignitaries were among those who smiled for America's paparazzi Saturday night and watched American actor Robert Duvall depict Stalin as a cruel, heartless man. Though the film garnered only a polite round of applause at the end, many Russians approved of the U. S. interpretation. ""It was a marvelous documentary and feature film"", said Nikolai Nikovosian, 73, an Armenian artist. ""The producer was right to exaggerate Stalin's image and show him as a total despot"". The movie focused on Stalin's relationships with his family and inner circle, rather than on the Soviet people and the pain they endured.
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